Chef Peter Tempelhoff marriage to Ellerman House two months after divorce from The Liz McGrath Collection!

Just two months after the termination of the ten-year relationship between Chef Peter Tempelhoff and The Liz McGrath Collection, and with it Top Ten Greenhouse restaurant, it has been announced that he has been appointed as Culinary Director at the prestigious Ellerman House in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Out of the Blue; Sour Service Award goes to ANPA jewelers!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Out of the Blue clothing shop, and its owner Diane Armstrong, for the amazing service recovery in a very disappointing experience at the Franschhoek branch. I had popped in on a recent visit, looking for a Medium black long Top, which the store did not have in my size, so the assistant Hilary entered it into the computer as an order, I having to guarantee that I would buy it, but I needed to know when it would arrive in Franschhoek, returning to Cape Town two days later. We had to wait for the computer to message her an answer! As this took too long, I left my phone number with her. Not having heard from her for two hours, I went past the shop again, only finding her colleague there. She said that the person I had dealt with would call me the following Continue reading →

Reuben’s & Co Café far more than a Café, the Val De Vie resident dining room!

It must be fabulous living in the country estate of Val de Vie, with fantastic sport facilities and country living, equidistant from Paarl and Franschhoek, and not too far from Cape Town, and now have Reuben’s & Co Café open its doors, alongside the gym and largest swimming pool in Africa, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek has a view, but is a Tourist Trap, not aimed at locals anymore!

During my week of writing the first section of my third SwitchBitch Book in Franschhoek last week, I finally ate lunch at La Petite Ferme, after a long absence, wanting to see the interior renovation, and to experience the cuisine of Chef Kyle Norris, whose food I have not previously tasted. It was a costly mistake!  Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Openserve; Sour Service Award goes to Comet Surveillance & Infrastructures (Pty) Ltd !

The Sweet Service Award goes to OpenServe, for their installation of a fibre internet line directly into my apartment, via a new internet provider. While they did not finish the job on the same day, they stayed until 19h00 to complete everything that they could, having to call in Telkom to fix a line problem at the pole. This happened promptly the following day, and my WiFi was up and running smoothly, and has not given a day’s problem in the past two months.  Continue reading →

Michelin-star JAN restaurant gets a younger brother, KLEIN JAN to open at Tswalu Kalahari; to open JAN Innovation Studio in Cape Town!

Fresh from the Easter weekend break, Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen made a dramatic announcement yesterday, introducing a new KLEIN JAN restaurant, to be established at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, as well as a JAN Innovation Studio, set to open in Cape Town.  Continue reading →

Bo-Kaap declared a ‘Heritage protection overlay zone’!

At the end of March Bo-Kaap was declared a ‘Heritage protection overlay zone’ by the City of Cape Town, after a six year battle to prevent large property developments in the area, reported the Atlantic Sun. The heritage protection status awaits being published in the Provincial Gazette.  Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Queen Victoria Hotel Dash Restaurant and Bar French Pâtisserie offering creative, but service shocking!

Dash Restaurant at the Queen Victoria Hotel used to be my favorite restaurant, at a time when Chef Oliver Cattermole headed up the kitchen. A succession of chefs since Chef Oliver left made it harder for me to want to return. A chance experience of its French Pâtisserie selection yesterday afternoon shocked me, in that the restaurant manager and waitresses were so incompetent in their service, or rather, lack of.  Continue reading →

Former Gåte chefs create SŸN Development Group, release first details of their new Cape Town restaurant!

On Friday I was lucky to bump into Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King in Camps Bay, the two rockstar chefs who masterminded and led Gäte Restaurant at Quoin Rock wine estate outside Stellenbosch until the end of March, and to spend time with them to obtain first details about what they have planned for their new restaurant. Continue reading →